Eid Al-Fitr expected to be celebrated on Monday in some Islamic states

Chahid Al Hafed (refugee camps), July 22, 2014 (SPS) - The crescent of the month of Shawwal, first day of Eid Al-Fitr, is expected to be observed on Sunday, 27th July 2014, in some Arab and Islamic states.

Several Arab Astronomy Institutes said that Monday, 28th July 2014, may be the first day of the month of Shawwal and first day of Eid Al-Fitr in some Arab and Islamic states.

Gaza: 509 Palestinians killed since beginning of Israeli aggression

Gaza (Palestine), July 22, 2014 (SPS) - At least 509 Palestinians were killed since the beginning of the Israeli aggression against Gaza, including more than 130 on Sunday, the bloodiest day since the start of the Israeli attacks against the Palestinian enclave.

At least 72 Palestinians were killed in Israel’s bloodiest bombing in the city of Shajaya (east of Gaza), said Achraf al-Qoudra, emergency services’ spokesman, quoted by Algeria Press Service (APS).

Zimbabwe and Namibia reaffirm support to Western Sahara liberation

Harare, July 22, 2014 (SPS) - Zimbabwe and Namibia have reaffirmed support for the liberation of the people of Western Sahara, calling for the “full implementation” of the settlement plan in Western Sahara, reported Bulawayo 24.

Counselor to Algerian president reaffirms Algeria’s firm position on Western Sahara

Algiers July 21, 2014 (SPS) - The Special Counselor to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Abdelaziz Belkhadem, reaffirmed that Algeria's firm position on the issue of Western, in an interview Sunday with Algerian Daily Al-Bilad.

AdalaUK urges the Moroccan authorities to conduct an immediate investigation into the death of Brahim Bada Uald Taher

London, July 19, 2014 (SPS) - It is essential that independent and impartial investigations are carried out. The Moroccan authorities have a pitiful track record in guaranteeing truth and justice regarding investigations into human rights violations. It is imperative that a rigorous investigation takes place in order to ensure that the authorities do not commit such acts again, said AdalaUKin a statement.

South Africa and the world pay homage to freedom icon Mandela

Chahid Al Hafed (refugee camps), July 18, 2014 (SPS) - South Africa and peoples of the world pay Friday, July 18th, homage to the anti-apartheid freedom fighter and former president of the Republic of South Africa, late Nelson Mandela, who died at 95 on December 5th, 2013.

18th July, which is Mandela’s birthday, was declared by the UN General Assembly as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009.

Gaza: 4 Palestinians killed in new strikes, 230 died in 10 days of Israeli aggression

Gaza (Palestine), July 17, 2014 (SPS) - Four Palestinians were killed Thursday tank fires and Israeli air strikes bringing the number of Palestinians martyrs to 230 since July 8, the beginning of the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, reported the Algerian Press Service (APS).

Thursday at dawn, an air raid on Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, killed one person and injured two others, according to Ashraf al-Qodra, spokesman for emergency services.

Japanese senators and MPs for Saharawi people’s self-determination

Tokyo, July 17, 2014 (SPS) - Four Japanese senators and members of parliament have voiced their support to the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence, regretting for the fact that Western Sahara problem is still left unsolved for more than 39 years.

In four separate letters sent to the Saharawi people, obtained Thursday by SPS, the Japanese senators and parliamentarians called on the government of their country to work in favour of freeing the last colony in Africa, which is Western Sahara.

VICE News broadcasts documentary series about Western Sahara

London, July 16, 2014 (SPS) - The London-based international news channel “VICE News” has started as from Monday the broadcasting of a series of five documentaries about the forgotten conflict of Western Sahara, entitled “the Sahara’s Forgotten War.”

VICE News travels to Western Sahara’s occupied and liberated territories, as well as the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria, to find out more about the conflict of Western Sahara, one of the world’s least-reported conflicts.

Former Japanese PM urges government to support UN efforts in Western Sahara

Tokyo, July 17, 2014 (SPS) - Former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama, has asked the government of his country to support “more strongly” the efforts undertaken by the United Nations in Western Sahara, demanding a “quick implementation” of the self-determination referendum of the Saharawi people.

In a letter obtained Thursday by SPS, Mr. Hatoyama called on Japan to denounce the violations of human rights being carried out by Morocco in the occupied territories of Western Sahara.


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